Lincoln Lutheran Middle School Basketball Teams Make Historic Run at Nationals

Lincoln Lutheran Middle School Basketball Teams Make Historic Run at Nationals: For only the second time in school history, the Lincoln Lutheran Warriors Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball Teams participated in the Lutheran National Tournament in Valparaiso, Indiana on March 23-26. The Lady Warriors relied on strong defense to finished the tournament with a 3-2 record and captured 6th place out of a field of 32 teams from across the United States. The Boys team made a strong run through the consolation bracket to finish 4-2 and returned home with a Consolation Runner-Up (10th Place) trophy.


Girls Tournament Summary: In the opening game, the Warriors were able to survive 28-27 in a double-overtime thriller against the Ohio State Champion from Napoleon, OH (St. Paul Lutheran). In the sweet sixteen, the Lady Warriors jumped out to a 14 point second half lead before holding off a furious comeback to secure a 31-27 victory over the Wisconsin State Champion from Hales Corner (Hales Corner Lutheran).

The elite eight paired the Warriors against the defending national champions from Ft. Myers Florida and featured two of the best players in the tournament. In a defensive battle, the Lady Warriors held St. Michael to a tournament low 21 points but were only able to score 17. The fourth round opponent was from Lewiston, MN. The Lady Warriors turned up their defensive intensity and held the Minnesota State Champions (Immanuel Lutheran) to just 3 made field goals in a 20-11 victory.

The final game and 5th place match-up was against Nevada State Champions Faith Lutheran from Las Vegas. After a slow start, the Warriors were able to play even for the final three quarters but never overcame the early deficit, eventually yielding 22-31 to a well-balanced and talented Crusader team.

The Warriors were led in scoring for the tournament by Abi Wohlgemuth (34), Leah Jurgens (31), Hadley Volzke (20) and Addi Ernstmeyer (19). The team was led in rebounding by Wohlgemuth and Ernstmeyer while the overall defensive tone was set by teammate Lauren Stull. Charis Ovwigho and Shanae Bergt also got in the scoring column and provided important minutes for the Warriors. Other team members include Grace Fahleson, Ella Schmidt and Sydney Wallace

The Lady Warriors finished their season with a 14-3 record earning championships at both the Concordia C-Club and Lincoln Lutheran MS tournaments, a Runner-Up finish at the Nebraska Lutheran Roundball tournament along with a 6th Place finish at the Lutheran National Tournament.


Boys Tournament Summary: In their opening game, the Warriors battled Trinity (Sheboygan, Wisconsin).  The Warriors overcame opening game jitters and with a strong 4th quarter pulled away for a 37-24 victory. In game 2, the Warriors faced the Texas state champs and eventual National Tournament Runner-Up Salem Lutheran of Tomball, Texas.  The Warriors dug themselves an early 20-point deficit, but battled back and cut the deficit to 12 points on a half-court shot to end the first half.  The comeback continued in the 2nd half and the deficit was trimmed to just 4 points in the 4th quarter, but the Warriors could not get any closer and eventually lost 45-54.

In game 3, the Warriors overwhelmed St Paul Lutheran (Westlake, Ohio) 53-14.  In game 4, the Warriors pulled out a hard-fought 48-46 victory over Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran (San Antonio, Texas) with a basket in the final 30 seconds.  In game 5, the Warriors found themselves down in the first half as much as 6 points before rallying for a 39-32 victory over St Marcus Lutheran (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).  The win earned the Warriors a spot in the Consolation Bracket Championship against the Wisconsin state champs Divine Redeemer (Hartland, Wisconsin).  In their final game, the Warriors battled throughout but came up short 37-51.

For the tournament, Carter Glenn was the floor general and scored 67 points, while Josh Puelz controlled the interior and led the Warriors in scoring with 81 points. For his efforts, Josh was named to the 10-person all-tournament team. Team members were Carter Glenn, Josh Puelz, Logan Young-Glenn, Derek Brockhaus, Will Saunders, Zach Ringler, Dylan Christensen, Dylan Steider, Aaron McClellan, Wyatt Marr, Matt Blome, and Chris Woerth.

The Warriors finished their season with a 14-4 record, bringing home championships at both the Nebraska Lutheran Roundball and Concordia C-Club tournaments along with their Consolation Runner-Up (10th place) finish at the Lutheran National Tournament. 

All results are posted on the tournament website

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